The Covenant of Marriage Blog Tour

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Hi Guys!

Welcome back, this time I have been fortunate enough to be part of C. P. Odom’s book tour of his latest book, “The Covenant of Marriage” which is a Pride and Prejudice variation.

Blurb:

A Covenant of Marriage—legally binding, even for an unwilling bride!

Defined as a formal, solemn, and binding agreement or compact, a covenant is commonly used with regard to relations among nations or as part of a contract. But it can also apply to a marriage as Elizabeth Bennet learns when her father binds her in marriage to a man she dislikes. Against her protests that she cannot be bound against her will, the lady is informed that she lives under her father’s roof and, consequently, is under his control; she is a mere pawn in the proceedings.

With such an inauspicious beginning, how can two people so joined ever make a life together?

Review of A Covenant of Marriage;

This new and upcoming book starts with the elopement of Lydia and the consequences to the remaining Bennet girls and family, in the following four years. Not only do we find a bitter Lizzie, but also a seriously ill Mr Bennet, who finally takes his role of ‘Head of Family’ seriously.

In London, we find a Darcy who is lonely and heartsick, but who doesn’t have the courage to return to Longbourn to try for his happiness. In the end, it is left in Mr and Mrs Gardiner’s hands to make sure that their dear friend Darcy and their beloved niece finds happiness through very unusual circumstances, namely, An Arranged Marriage. And what a drama that entails! Especially between Darcy and Elizabeth! Though this ‘arranged marriage’ was not completely equal from the start, it quickly evolved into something beautiful. But will Darcy and Elizabeth’s be the only so-called “arranged” marriage? Come on, get your hands on this brilliant book to find out!

C.P. Odom lived up to his usual standards and gave us readers enough drama, some anxiety, a lot of laughter and, of course, a very happy ending – not only for our beloved couple but also others who are close to Darcy and Elizabeth.

I broke out into laughter more times than I can count and can honestly say I loved every minute of the book. It also surprised me, with certain events, but it was worth it in the end, with a happy ending. I am already looking forward to Mr Odom’s next book.

A 5-star book for sure, and I can highly recommend not drinking anything for the last 10% of the book *wink* hehe.

Author Bio for Colin:

By training, I’m a retired engineer, born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Sandwiched in there was a stint in the  Marines, and I’ve lived in Arizona since 1977, working first for Motorola and then General Dynamics.

I raised two sons with my first wife, Margaret, before her untimely death from cancer, and my second wife, Jeanine, and I adopted two girls from China. The older of my daughters recently graduated with an engineering degree and is working in Phoenix, and the younger girl is heading toward a nursing degree.

I’ve always been a voracious reader and collector of books, and my favourite genres are science fiction, historical fiction, histories, and, in recent years, reading (and later writing) Jane Austen romantic fiction. This late-developing interest was indirectly stimulated when I read my late wife’s beloved Jane Austen books after her passing.  One thing led to another, and I now have four novels published:  A Most Civil Proposal (2013), Consequences (2014), Pride, Prejudice, and Secrets (2015), and Perilous Siege (2019). Two of my books are now audiobooks, Most Civil Proposal and Pride, Prejudice, and Secrets.

I retired from engineering in 2011, but I still live in Arizona with my family, a pair of dogs (one of which is stubbornly untrainable), and a pair of rather strange cats.  My hobbies are reading, woodworking, and watching college football and LPGA golf (the girls are much nicer than the guys, as well as being fiendishly good putters). Lately, I’ve reverted back to my younger years and have taken up building plastic model aircraft and ships (when I can find the time).

Furthermore, you can Contact Colin via these links

Colin Odom Facebook page

P. Odom Amazon Author page

P. Odom Goodreads page

C. P. Odom Meryton Press page

 And of course you can buy Colin’s AMAZING books, from here;  

Amazon US eBook, Paperback, Kindle Unlimited

Amazon UK eBook, Paperback, Kindle Unlimited

 And what you have all been waiting for The Giveaway;

Giveaway:

Meryton Press is giving away 8 eBooks of A Covenant of Marriage;

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MGNhODZiOWI4ODNmNDRkMjQ1ZDA5MDg0NTQ1MWExOjMz/?

Use the link below to link to rafflecopter on website.

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I wish you all lots of luck in the giveaway, and can again hint to future reviews and interviews with returning authors in December and in the new year.

 

 

 

The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen

Welcome back, guys!

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” – Jane Austen.

It is now November wow! September and October really ran past! I am so pleased to welcome back a duo of the authoress’ who was the first to visit my blog. Welcome back to Cass Grafton and Ada Bright, and their sequel to “The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen” namely “The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen”. And to say that I loved the book was an understatement, it took me just about six hours to read the lovely book in one sitting.

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Book II starts where Book I end, outside a pub in lovely Georgian Bath, where Rose and Aiden have just realized their feelings for each other when the most unexpected person reappears; Miss Jane Austen.our-charm58

Review;

From meeting Miss Austen again, the adventures start with a drive to Hampshire, to Chawton Cottage to be precise, and a new time adventure begins anew. Jane Austen there upon transports both Aiden and Rose to Chawton 1813, where Miss Austen finally tells why Rose is there, along with Aiden.

An unexpected secret is revealed of Rose’s past and possibly even her future. Certain events take places, which had me on the very edge of my sofa half the time, wondering what the heck Cass and Ada was up to this time, even if the answer followed swiftly. ‘The particular charm’ is again a leading character of sorts in this sequel. Cass and Ada’s way of writing these books are beyond description, it feels like returning to Bath, every time I open their ‘Charm’ books as I have come to call them, and again I can only congratulate them on a book well written! And suddenly understood why Cass and Ada spent much of their visit to England in Chawton *wink*

Aiden and Rose are dancing around each other continuously, which made me quite despair if they would end up together. And when the magic of Miss Austen’s charm is in question Rose has a decision to make… Can she make a life in the past with a family she never knew… or will she be able to return to the present with the man who has taken up a place in her heart?

And what is Jane Austen not telling them…? And what will Aiden think of Rose and her choice?

And the ending… my god, AGAIN these two lovely ladies leave us with an open ending!!!! “The End… or is it?” *Wink*

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I am proud to be able to interview Cass and Ada about their newest book, and they have been kind enough to answer a few questions. Enjoy!

Interview with Cass and Ada Bright.

1. What made you come up with the idea for the dilemma in this lovely sequel?

Ada: One thing we do when we brainstorm plot for a new book is to look over the first notes we ever made when starting this series (which Cass thankfully has kept handy all this time). Some of the ideas we’d considered back then didn’t work in the end for The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, but they turned out to be perfect for us to steal from ourselves to create this story.

Cass: The plot turned out to be a lot of fun, but part of the pleasure in writing this sequel was spending more time with our original characters from the first book (Rose, Jane, Aiden, Morgan and James, of course). The other part was getting to know the new ones (whose names I can’t mention here, other than we had a fun time spending time with some of Jane Austen’s family!)

2. Where did the idea for the plot to be mainly situated at Chawton come from? Cass or Ada?

Ada: Oh, I think that was Cass. I’m a homebody, and I’ve been to Bath so many times that Bath is closer to being home for me… though we have a friend who runs a B&B right near Chawton so I could have been trying to book as many days there as possible? Most of my ideas revolve around me being selfish ;).

Cass: I think I did suggest it. In this second book, although time has not moved on much for Rose since she said goodbye to Jane, that’s not so for our favourite, time-travelling author. Ten years have passed, and Jane comes forward from 1813 to the present day to fetch Rose back to where she now lives – and that happened to be Chawton.

3. Did you ever play with the idea of allowing Rose to stay in the past?

Ada: Definitely.

Cass: What Ada said.

4. Do you ever find it hard to write books together, when you are situated so far away from each other?

Ada: We always do the hardest work (which is to outline the story) when we can be in the same room with each other.  Otherwise, I think our distances helps us most of the time because we are able to write and release it by sending it over to the other. By the time we hear back, we’ve had time for what we’ve written to settle in our minds, and we can more openly receive edits or feedback. If we ever had a writing emergency, I know we’d each move around our lives to be there for the other.

Cass: With the day to day writing of the book, it works incredibly well for several reasons: we have a 9-hour time difference, which means when I get to my desk early in the morning (and I’m a morning person), Ada is at her desk late evening (and she’s an evening person). We often talk or brainstorm any issues or discuss the upcoming scenes on FaceTime – sometimes three or four times a week if we’re in full-on writing mode – or exchange emails on what scene to work on that day. We use Google Drive, so we each have access to everything we write. All in all, there’s very little that’s difficult about it.

5. What part of your newest book is your favourite?

Ada: As far as humour – that would involve Morgan wearing Regency garb. My main favourite is too much of a spoiler to share, but it has to do with a goodbye.

Cass: I’m curious as to which scene that is! Hmm, that’s tricky to answer, because I love the story so much. I do love the closing scenes very much, but to be honest, any scene with Jane in is a winner for me!

6. Can you reveal to my readers what is next?

Ada: Well, Cass and I were together in the same apartment for a week in September… and we all know what happens when we’re together ;). We’ve already outlined the third book in this series and are having weekly arguments over whether or not there will be a book five (kidding! we’re stopping at three… maybe… we’ll see).

Cass: Personally, I’m relieved Ada has held back from mentioning the ten-book series she was envisioning! As for revealing what’s next, sadly not because it would be too many spoilers.

7. What is this mysterious letter, which is slid through Rose’s letterbox?

Ada: An invitation to tea!

Cass: If you believe that… I think the discerning reader will work out who it is from. As to why and how… well, you’ll have to wait and see.

8. Can we expect more adventures with Miss Austen herself? Or is it Rose who will now take the lead on the time adventures?

Ada: I think that answer will depend on if book three is truly the last of the series or not 😉 (gets tackled by Cass and gagged)

Cass: (Ignoring Ada’s muffled protests) We don’t want to give too much away, obviously, with regard to book three’s storyline, but you can rest assured, Jane Austen will feature prominently!

Thank you, Sophia, for sharing our excitement over the publication of The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen! You’ve been such fabulous support. So many hugs from us to you!

Well guys, am I the only one laughing? Or looking forward to getting your hands on this amazing book?

You can buy the books from these links;

Amazon.co.uk

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unexpected-Past-Miss-Austen-Adventures-ebook/dp/B07XJS1GTT/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=Cass+Grafton&qid=1570359514&sr=8-6

Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Past-Miss-Austen-Adventures-ebook/dp/B07XJS1GTT/ref=sr_1_3?qid=1570359562&refinements=p_27%3ACass+Grafton&s=digital-text&sr=1-3&text=Cass+Grafton

Kobo (eBook only)

https://www.kobo.com/ch/en/ebook/the-unexpected-past-of-miss-jane-austen

Barnes & Noble/Nook

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-unexpected-past-of-miss-jane-austen-ada-bright/1133972548?ean=9781788633703

Also available in eBook format through the Apple iStore.

You can reach Cass and Ada via these links;

Blog:

www.tabbycow.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/cassie.grafton

https://www.facebook.com/missyadabright

Twitter:

@CassGrafton

@missyadabright

Instagram

@cassgraftonauthor

@adacakes

Last words from me for now;

These two lovely ladies are brilliant authoresses since they have made a whole world around ‘The Charm’ and Bath, which we as readers can see and almost touch by reading the books, and lastly feel like we are there alongside Rose, Aiden, Morgan and Miss Jane Austen.

See you soon guys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Charlotte became Romantic

Hello Everybody,

I was so lucky as to be contacted by Victoria Kincaid lately, and now are hosting her and her newest book, “When Charlotte Became Romantic” and yes, Charlotte did indeed become very romantic in this book.

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The blurb of this sweet and romantic book sounds like this, and I promise it is so worth reading it! Charlotte suddenly became the star of the show!

A Pride and Prejudice Variation

In the original Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet’s friend, Charlotte Lucas marries the silly and obsequious clergyman, Mr Collins.  But what if fate—and love—intervened?

Desperate to escape her parents’ constant criticism, Charlotte has accepted a proposal from Mr Collins despite recognizing his stupid and selfish nature.  But when a mysterious man from her past visits Meryton for the Christmas season, he arouses long-buried feelings and causes her to doubt her decision. 

James Sinclair’s mistakes cost him a chance with Charlotte three years ago, and he is devastated to find her engaged to another man.  Honour demands that he step aside, but his heart will not allow him to leave Meryton.  Their mutual attraction deepens; however, breaking an engagement is not a simple matter and scandal looms.  If they are to be happy, they must face her parents’ opposition, Lady Catherine’s disapproval, dangerous figures from James’s past…and Charlotte’s nagging feeling that maybe she should just marry Mr Collins.  

Charlotte had forsworn romance years ago; is it possible for her to become romantic again?

Review;

When Charlotte has agreed to marry Mr Collins, her doubts begin to resurface and a story of heartbreak and hope take it beginning, with the young woman, many of us readers know as “the plain girl” who married the fool. I personally always wondered how Charlotte became so practical of mind, to be as desperate to accept Mr Collins. Well this book, takes the “plain” out of Charlotte, at least in my eyes, and makes her the leading lady, as we have never seen her before!

As the past reappears in Meryton, in the form of a Mr Sinclair, everything suddenly makes sense why Charlotte has closed her heart and try to be so practical of mind. As Elizabeth mentions in the story, this book is full of “spies, broken engagements, a dangerous villain, gunshots, a mysterious past. It lacked only a haunted castle.” So, a very full romance story indeed. But gosh I had to shout at Charlotte a few times, it was both frustrating and lovely to read of her struggles to either follow her heart or follow her head.

I was quite shocked at how much Charlotte is looked down upon by her family, who makes her and her life into some sort of joke, which made me quite sorry for her, and which made me all the happier for the ending, where Charlotte finally showed that she was a romantic, and able to follow her heart.

The city of Bath was a near central location throughout the story, alongside Meryton – and it was quite hard not to compare Mr Sinclair and Mr Collins. To be honest there was no comparison between the two men. And both men showed their true colours within the story. It was quite a drama and an entangled mess, but what a wonderful ending!
I will highly recommend the book and congratulate Victoria Kincaid on yet another wonderful story.

Giveaway Offer;

Victoria Kincaid has also been so kind as to offer a giveaway of one copy of her new book in ebook form, “When Charlotte became romantic”

Leave a comment telling me your thoughts or answering any questions. The giveaway will end on the 28th of October at midnight. Good luck to you all 😀

Contact;

You can contact Victoria Kincaid on her facebook site, or follow her on the various Amazon sites, and follow news of her publications on Goodreads.

Words from Interestsofajaneaustengirl;

Hi Guys!

As you have likely surmised by now, I have been quite busy here on my blog lately, and I hope everyone likes what I write about, since it’s going to be a very busy month, there will be at least two more reviews coming up in November, and one in early December, both from authors who have graced my blog before.  So I will be back on the 7th of November. Until then, See you when I see you.

 

Another Proposal by Jann Rowland

Hi Guys,

Yeah, I am back today with Jann Rowland and his newly released novella, “Another Proposal”. Jann was so nice as to offer me the chance to read this Pride and Prejudice variation novella. I will admit to laughing quite a bit during this novella!

Review;

“Another Proposal” by Jann Rowland, takes place the morning after the Netherfield Ball, straight after Elizabeth’s refusal of Mr Collins proposal. When Charlotte Lucas has dragged a furious Mr Collins away from Longbourn, Mr Darcy arrives to make his addresses to Elizabeth. Due to Mrs Bennet’s interference in the matter of Darcy’s proposal, matters take a decidedly funny turn; where Lydia is smart enough to see through Wickham and takes her sister in defence, where Lady Catherine accepts Darcy’s decision about his future with grace – and lastly where Darcy is very bold in front of witnesses.

I was laughing my head off several times, during the book, especially as Lydia made herself seem as Elizabeth’s most definite ally, once Wickham shows his deceitful person in the book.
Though I was quite surprised by the ending, especially as Jann is one of the only authors who has managed to make me like Lady Catherine!!! Imagine that!
It was also great because nearly all the characters were a little confused about how a proposal can be neither accepted nor refused. But due to gossip is seen as a definite truth. I will also admit to some surprise at Elizabeth’s reaction to her suddenly public engagement with Darcy, – though she truly shows her strength as a leading lady and Darcy’s perfect match.

 

Author Bio;
Jann Rowland

Jann Rowland is a Canadian, born and bred. He lives in Alberta with his wife, two sons and a young daughter. His interests have centred on the exotic fantasy worlds of Tolkien and Eddings. Later in life, these interests started to include; historical fiction, and romance with a particular focus on the works of Jane Austen. Jann has written several Jane Austen variations, including “Mistress of Longbourn.” All of Jann’s books can be found on Amazon.

 

Lastly, I will be back sooner rather than later, with more reviews, I can hint to a sequel of a before reviewed book here on my blog, and a book tour in the middle of November for a well-known Pride and Prejudice variation author. So stay tuned for more great books to come.

Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley

Welcome Back!

Today I am visited by Kelly Miller and her book, “Death Takes A Holiday at Pemberley.” I was so lucky as to be contacted personally by Kelly and asked if I would review her book. “Death Takes A Holiday at Pemberley” which is a fantasy variation of Pride and Prejudice, with focus on Darcy, mostly after a mishap on the grounds of Pemberley.

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Blurb:

What will the master of Pemberley do when confronted with the mercurial whims of an all-powerful angel?

Fitzwilliam Darcy’s well-ordered life is about to become a chaotic nightmare. A man of fortune, property, and social prominence, he has everything he could desire. Blissfully married to his wife, Elizabeth, they have a two-year-old son. With so much to live for, Darcy is shaken by a near-fatal riding accident. After a miraculous escape, he is visited by an otherworldly being: an angel of death named Graham. Threatening dire consequences, Graham compels Darcy to guide him on a sojourn in the world of mortals.

Darcy immediately questions the angel’s motives when he demands to be a guest at Pemberley. Can he trust Graham’s assurance that no harm will come to his wife and child? And why does Graham insist on spending time with Elizabeth? How can Darcy possibly protect his family from an angel with power over life and death?

In this romantic fantasy, the beloved couple from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice must contend with both human and unearthly challenges. Are the fates against them? Or will their extraordinary love conquer all?

I have read the book, which took a few days and now I have written a small review of the book, and my review is at such;

Review; “Death Takes A Holiday at Pemberley”

A morning ride, which ends in near disaster for Darcy is the start of this Pride and Prejudice Fantasy book.

This near disaster continues when Darcy returns to Pemberley, where he is met by “Graham”. Graham is an agent of Death, who explains that he has saved Darcy’s life and that he now intends to holiday at Pemberley for a week, to observe Darcy with his wife and son.

During the week of Graham’s visit, there are also several other visitors to Pemberley; Mr and Mrs. Bingley, Georgiana and Richard, a hateful Lady Catherine and in the end Anne De Bourgh.

I had a hard time to get into the plot and the characters, but as I reached the halfway point of the book, I found I quite liked Graham and how he kindly manipulated the many people around him at Pemberley including Mr. Bingley, the former Colonel Fitzwilliam and even Darcy and Elizabeth. Though Graham shows himself to be a very selfless character in the end and ends up helping at least two minor characters to find happiness, and most importantly, also make sure that Darcy remains with his young family.

I thought I didn’t like fantasy in Pride and Prejudice variations, but this one was acceptable, and funny too. The best part was the ending of the book, which was a happy ending. I personally give 4-stars to this book.

Author Bio: Kelly Miller Death Takes a holiday at Pemberley

Kelly Miller discovered her appreciation for Jane Austen late in life, and her love of writing even later. The 1995 miniseries of Pride and Prejudice made her take notice and want to read the actual book. Many years later, she discovered the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction. After reading a slew of wildly inventive stories featuring Jane Austen’s most beloved characters, she was inspired to write one of her own. Now, writing is a favorite pastime. When not pondering a plot point or a turn of phrase, she spends her free time playing the piano, singing, and walking. Kelly Miller resides in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many pets.

If you liked my review, and wants to get your hands on it yourself;

You can get it here on Amazon;

https://www.amazon.com/Death-Takes-Holiday-Pemberley-Prejudice-ebook/dp/B07SWY9RCH/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=death+takes+a+holiday+at+pemberley&qid=1565104664&s=gateway&sr=8-1

You can all contact Kelly on the following links;

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46254986-death-takes-a-holiday-at-pemberley

Facebook Author Page Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46254986-death-takes-a-holiday-at-pemberley#other_reviews

Author Website:

http://kellymiller.merytonpress.com/

Twitter:

@kellyrei007

 

 I’ll be back very soon with more reviews of excellent books! I can hint towards “The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen” *wink* and a new book called the “A Covenant of Marriage” Keep your eyes open, here on my blog for coming blogs!

The Jane Austen Festival 2019

The Jane Austen Festival 2019

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For the sixth year in a row, I am returned from Bath for the annual Jane Austen Festival. And what a lovely weather England provided for this year’s festival, with a summers warmth and the sun shining upon the festival.

Though this time, I was in Bath for seven days, with many old and new friends at as many events. Though before I arrived in Bath, I had a lovely five days in London, to revisit the sights, and new sights. I was for once not in Bath in the sole company of my friends, but this time also with my boyfriend. This visit to Bath was the first for my boyfriend, and I certainly hope it will not be the last.

I was situated quite centrally amid lovely Bath, which was only minutes from the Pump Rooms, Bath Abbey, Parade Gardens – and a few more minutes away was The Assembly Rooms and the Jane Austen Centre.

The first event which took place on the 18th of September, only a day after my boyfriends and my own arrival to Bath; was the Lady Susan Evening Theatre Performance, at The Mission Theatre – and it was downright hilarious! I will admit to feeling badly when my boyfriend was dragged on stage during the performance, though it was still hysterically hilarious!

I was laughing so much that my ribs hurt by the evenings end, and I do believe, I was not the only one. After the performance our friends, which included; my regency sister Christin, my boyfriend Daniel, our friends from Manchester: Sarah and David and myself, we made for a pub to meet up with an old acquaintance, Robin, who you might have spotted on the tv-series of Poldark.

On Thursday the 19th, the long-awaited visit to Prior Park was FINALLY accomplished, the weather being completely perfect for our outing. The park was so beautiful! All from the manor, to the open ground, the view of the Georgian city in the distance, and of course to the Georgian Bridge

I have never enjoyed an afternoon more than in the company of my regency sister and my boyfriend. What a garden, and what a magical place! A very romantic place, it will stay in my mind as an especially lovely place – I might even place it in a story someday. I could almost envision a proposal at that bridge someday. We drank a cooling drink before we headed back to the city, I will want to return to that garden one day.

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During my visit to Bath, there was the usual visits to; the royal crescent, the circus, the Jane Austen Centre, where we weren’t greeted by Martin, or Mr. Bennet as he is known as to many a Jane Austen fan. We also visited the Abbey, the Pump Rooms, for the usual tea and scones, and meet and greet. Besides we met up with both old and new friends, including also a meeting with friends from Los Angeles, with whom I have been in contact with for several years; dance expert Laura and her husband Stevie.

We had several small adventures, including a trip to the cinema to watch; Downton Abbey! It was so good to return to Downton, to see the characters again, and see what had changed during the years between the series ending and the movie – from the changes downstairs, to the change and evolution of the upstairs family! It was a lovely and superb movie! I could almost be tempted to watch it again! We also had a lovely meeting with Joana Starnes, the well-loved Jane Austen variation Author20190921_213303000_iOS.

Bath was its usual lovely and charming self which I continuously fall deeper in love with, after each visit, and the weather was beyond perfect!

Finally, Friday arrived, and the Regency Masked Ball was on the programme, as well as a dance practice. My boyfriend did extremely well, especially for a first timer, he did splendidly and was such a gentleman and Naval officer! It was so good to be able to dance again and make that curtsy while keeping eye contact with not just any partner, but my boyfriend, and the dances does provide such an opportunity to flirt.

The ball started outside the Pump Rooms – everyone in their best clothes, tiaras and waistcoats. The minutes outside the Pump Rooms is normally used to admire, converse and of course gather ideas for next years new dress or uniform. We paraded into the Roman Baths, and with drinks in hand, we were introduced as “Baroness Breuning escorted by Captain Krogh” 6 years to the day of my first time at the Masked Ball. It was a magical evening – where I danced several times with not only my boyfriend but also several friends. 20190921_174348000_iOS

I will just say that there was a lot of lovely dresses that were worn by all the ladies, though all the gentlemen were very handsome, even if I’m prejudiced towards the naval profession and likely my own love interest. It was wonderful evening, it was worth being back at the Pump Room Masked Ball, both to introduce my boyfriend to the Regency World, and to remember the feeling – of how it was the first time to be introduced in the Pump Rooms, officially, – though I personally had quite the set of nerves on me.

The dancing was elegant, and the whole evening was lovely and the after party was funny and relaxed at one of the many pubs in Bath, though this one was underneath Pulteney Bridge. It was cave like, a speakeasy lookalike pub, they served excellent drinks, and it was lovely ending to the evening.

Saturday the 20th of September dawned, we all relaxed after our late night – my boyfriend and myself was for the Therma Spa and it was wonderfully relaxing and besides it was good with some time alone. And, of course, last minute purchases for the Farthingales Ball, the next day.

Sunday proved to be quite stressful, not only because of the mini promenade, dance practice and preparations for that evenings ball. 20190923_082454000_ios.png

But finally, after nearly 2hours and 20minutes of preparations, Christin, my boyfriend Daniel and I made it to the Farthingales Ball at the Assembly Halls, though a bit late.

Again, we danced, laughed, drank, talked, flirted and eat throughout the evening. Chris and Sarah Farthingales, the hosts and owners of Farthingales Costumes were very genial hosts, as always, and bid everyone welcome to the event. Many old friends showed up, and many dances was danced, including one of the Pride and Prejudice dances, and also a few brave souls danced the scandalous waltz *winks* there was, of course, some overrated flirting, but all in good humour, of course. I personally prefer Farthingales Ball, its guests are always friendly, the caller is good at explaining the dances and the dances are usually easy and simple enough. I do love dancing, especially longways set, its easier to flirt or talk to your partner. Amazing, how much you can still learn even after six years!

We had quite a fun evening, as can be seen on the pictures, with several friends *wink*

Those ten days in Bath, during the Jane Austen Festival is downright magical, to see people dressed as in 1819 especially in a world that’s in constant motion, in comparison to the times of Jane Austen.

I recall my very first visit to Bath, to attend the Jane Austen Festival – it was like stepping through the looking glass – it was like seeing a whole new world appear, a world you had only read about in books, appear right in front of your eyes. I wrote something similar to this, in my very first blog, I hope some may recognise it, and maybe you too have had similar experiences?

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Btw all photo credit goes to; “Timelight Photography” at The Assembly Ball.

Review of The Pilgrim; Lydia Bennet and a soldiers portion

“The Pilgrim; Lydia Bennet and a Soldiers portion” by Don Jacobson.

Dear Readers,

Welcome back, as summer finally gives way for autumn, I am finishing Don Jacobson’s seventh book in the Wardrobe series and was amazed yet again.

Don Jacobson has been so kind as to give us a peek into his new book, so come along and read a bit;

Chapter XIII

Longbourn Estate, Meryton, August 26, 1813

After Lydia had been injured when assaulted outside of Aunt Philips’ house by two militia officers, she was forced to recuperate from her broken nose and facial bruises at Longbourn while the Wilsons and Tomkinses traveled to Lyme Regis for a seaside holiday. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet had repaired to Darcy House for a fortnight. The privacy the young couple enjoyed further strengthened their bonds.

Sol had yet to chase away the morning mist in the hollows around the base of Oakham Mount when the Bennet chaise rolled out between Longbourn’s granite sentinels. Wickham lifted a solitary hand in salute as the carriage turned southwest onto the Lane angling towards the St. Albans-Southampton Post Road. T’would be three full days of travel for the Wilsons and Tomkins…and the beginning of the time needed for George’s wife to mend. That interval would also allow them to explore the possibilities and confines of their marriage. After all, Wickham had been away on duty for over half of the couple’s married life.

Much had been discovered—and more had been promised—in that all-too-brief window between the Madras House Twelfth Night Ball and the 2nd Battalion’s deployment back in the Year ‘12. Now, with the privacy of a near-empty Longbourn embracing them, the Wickhams reverted to their official standing, that of a young married couple still in the first blush of marriage.

Lydia began leaving her bed shortly after her companions’ departure despite her husband’s attempts to keep her above-stairs. Her escape on the very first day had been accomplished with the assistance of Mrs. Hill. That worthy assisted her last homebound near-child to don her shift and gown, gently threading the long-framed young woman through necklines, sleeves, and hems: helping her to avoid any painful snags.

Wickham discovered that his hen had flown her coop when he looked into their chamber after he had spent the heat of the day slashing at hay bales obligingly arranged in front of the stables. He fully expected to see his wife obediently propped up in bed. Yet, as he had begun to learn, the only constant about Lydia Wickham was that she marched to her own drummer and not to the beat dictated by society, the apothecary, or her husband.

After searching for his wife throughout Longbourn’s public rooms, George began a circuit of the grounds.

Concern over her well-being threw him into a brown study, aping his former playmate’s inner turmoil when Fitzwilliam Darcy wrestled with his perceived responsibility for every person in his sphere. The Lieutenant vacillated between exasperation, worry, and philosophizing.

Now, where has that girl gotten herself to? I recall Mother Bennet’s gripes about Mrs. Darcy and her incessant rambling throughout the countryside. Has my Lydia torn a page from her sister’s book?

While Jones asserted that she was not concussed, neither did he give a clean bill! What if she faints and lands on her face? She could choke on the fresh flow of blood!

Moments later, as the number of possible hideouts dwindled to a precious few,

Why, I wonder, do people insist that you will find what you have lost in the last place you look.  Of course, t’would be the last place because you would seek no more. If the pundits wished to be correct, they should suggest that t’would be the last place you think of looking.

That last place for Lieutenant Wickham should have been his first if he had known the deep story of his wife’s family…at least that on the Gardiner side. However, even though they had been married for two years, Wickham was only just beginning to learn the contours of his wife’s mind, heritage, and heart.

The one location any Gardiner woman would go to find tranquility would be her rose garden. Lydia Bennet Wickham was nothing if not a Gardiner female. Not only did she exhibit the stunning beauty of her eldest sister and mother, but Lydia also loved rosa floribunda as much as any of her siblings or her Mama…and as history would later document…perhaps more.

When Wickham rounded the corner of the house, he spied a tall, well-formed lady dressed in a lightweight white gown with pink highlights picked out of the muslin. The blush tone accented unpinned blonde tresses tumbling down from beneath her broad-brimmed sunbonnet and pooling around her shoulders. She was hip-deep in her mother’s rose beds, passing between the bloom-heavy canes, a pair of shears in her gloved hands, snipping flowers and dropping them into a basket. Delicate down fluffed above her bare arms’ tawny skin and shimmered in the midsummer light.

Wickham was transfixed by the quiet loveliness of the scene before him. Here walked his wife, still years away from her majority yet appearing for all the world like the mistress of a great estate. He could hear her humming a tune, it’s random, but not discordant, notes carried to his ears on the barest of zephyrs which rustled her loosened locks. Lydia resided in a deep pool of peace, its waves radiating outward to embrace all within the pretty little wilderness.

At some point, Wickham must have disturbed the invisible currents that flowed around and through them both. Lydia languidly turned her head and caught sight of her love slowly approaching her as if she were a bird that would take flight. Her toothy smile, given with only the slightest grimace as the muscles shifted beneath her bruises, welcomed him to move closer, to enter her perfumed bower.

As he came up to her, Lydia grasped his hand, her glove’s rough canvas abrading his palm’s tender skin, smarting now as evidence of its lost battle hardness. Blisters rose where calluses were needed to cushion saber grips and tomahawk handles. His wince caused her to release her grip and cradle his hand in hers.

“Oh my, dearest, your tortured skin reminds me of my face,” Lydia cried, and, after a thoughtful pause, continued, “You know, Papa’s coachman swears by pickle brine to toughen the skin.

“However, I think we are too late for anything like that. The salt and vinegar would drive you mad with pain. I think what we must do is treat these just like we did your back, using Campbell’s prescription…wool grease and wrappings until the blisters die down. We shall have to return to the beginning to start over and toughen you up for His Lordship.

“You, Lieutenant Wickham, are on light duty as of this moment. No complaints from you.

Wickham grinned back at the fiery woman ten years his junior and assayed an exaggerated bow, “Mais oui, ma Reine. Your darling Wickham has been trying to get battle-ready, but he forgot the agony it took to get that way in the first place.

“This is our time, dearest, to enjoy one another’s company. I promise that this will be the last of my war training until Wilson and Tomkins return.”

Lydia huffed at him, “I am the one who is supposed to be wallowing like a particularly happy porker in the loving care of my husband. Yet, here you are…

“Well, George, there is nothing for it, we will have to take care of each other.”

Lydia Final Full Wrapper A Soldiers Portion

Review;

As summer wains and descends towards autumn, the wardrobe has yet again a life to change and teach. From the summer of 1815, straight after Waterloo to the summer in occupied France in 1940, Lydia is guided to her sister Kitty’s side – this time on Kitty’s side of the wardrobe doors.

From the silliest of girls in England, Lydia has her work cut out for her. Never in my life did I believe an author could change my fixed opinion of Lydia.

Through the changes of the mysterious and sometimes nasty wardrobe, Lydia learns quite a few truths about herself, while the Second World War is brewing in Europe.

During the story, the reader is acquainted with a portrait of a split oak on the edge of a great void – which I personally see as loss, where one wants to loose oneself in the darkness of the things beyond our reach, truths and reasons why horrible things happens.

Blurb:

 “My life has been very much like an unfinished painting. The artist comes to the portrait day-after-day to splash daubs of color onto bare canvas, filling in the blanks of my story. Thus, grows the likeness, imperfect as it may be, which you see today.”

Lydia Fitzwilliam, Countess of Matlock, letter to her sister

                                                                                       Elizabeth Bennet Darcy, March 14, 1831.

The analogy of painting and portraits is one of the returning features of this piece of the varied story of the Bennet’s and the wardrobe, especially when it comes to the realizations the many Bennet ladies/men have during their travels and experiences in the where/when. 

While the WWII brews, Lydia once again awakens to the notion of love, after terrible personal losses. Much prejudice, differences and an unwavering affection sees a new happiness in the midst or ending of the terrible world war II as June 1944 approaches, one of our beloved characters is laid low by a terrible illness.

Can love grow amidst of differing loyalties, politics and opinions? And just what is the wardrobe’s plans for not only Lydia, but the entire Bennet family? What is the Wardrobe’s purpose? Is it to help or destroy the Bennet’s? Or to execute a plan of an older being?

Read this fantastic book to find out… or learn something new of a Bennet girl, we all misunderstood or disliked. From the silliest girl in England, to possibly the strongest and most changed character Don has written throughout the series. Lydia’s evolution throughout the book, is likely the strongest and most profound, perhaps maybe for Lady Kates story in the Belle Epoque. Don’s way of writing the Bennet’s and the people around them is not only emotionally brilliant but also easy to relate to, and amazing to see how Don connects all the dots of every plotline throughout the books.

Lydia’s profound change from the silly girl who runs away with a scoundrel, to end up in a profoundly passionate and equal marriage – to her personal evolution in the 20th century. To finish this review, I am quoting Lydia;

“Now I understand that a soldier’s portion is to bear up under adversity with grace… or at least graceful grumbling. Every soldier needs must have a clear perception of his duty and priorities.”   

Lydia certainly learned & evolved both as a woman, but also as a soldier’s wife. I can only say, congratulations to Don on yet another 5-star rated book.

 

Author Bio:

Don Jacobson has written professionally for forty years.  His output has ranged from news and features to advertising, television and radio.  His work has been nominated for Emmys and other awards.  He has previously published five books, all non-fiction.  In 2016, he began publishing The Bennet Wardrobe Series

The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey (2016)

Henry Fitzwilliam’s War (2016)

The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque (2017)

Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess (2017)

The Exile: The Countess Visits Longbourn (2018)

The Avenger: Thomas Bennet and a Father’s Lament (2018)

The Pilgrim: Lydia Bennet and a Soldier’s Portion (2019)

Don is also a member of JASNA.  Likewise, Don is a member of the Austen Authors collective (see the internet, Facebook and Twitter).

He lives in the Las Vegas, Nevada area with his wife and co-author, Pam, a woman Ms. Austen would have been hard-pressed to categorize, and their rather assertive four-and-twenty pound cat, Bear.  Besides thoroughly immersing himself in the JAFF world, Don also enjoys cooking; dining out, fine wine and well-aged scotch whiskey.

 

You can contact Don like this;

Don Jacobson’s Amazon Author’s Page

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Author Website (with blog)Twitter  (@AustenesqueAuth)

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I’ll see you next time, hopefully in October, guys. Please do remember to leave a comment here on my blog, won’t you? Until next time.